Raising Mary Jane

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ACTION ADVENTURE CRIME DRAMA

1960s & '70s

Christian Van Allen

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In 1969 Wesley moves to iconic Big Sur with a car, and $300. He is soon immersed in an epic adventure that include wild fires, wild parties, marijuana cultivation, and being chased by sheriff's deputies. We follow Wesley as he becomes the largest grower of high grade sinsemilla on the coast.

Genre

Action,Adventure,Crime,Drama

Short Summary

Wesley stumbles upon Big Sur in 1969. He finds a job, settles in to the Big Sur life, and then finds a cabin in the mountains to live in. He begins cultivating marijuana as a side line for extra cash, and soon takes on a partner. The sheriff gets involved and in a wildfire, the cabin is lost.


Wesley takes on a new partner in a new location, increasing the grow to two thousand plants. The trail head to the gardens is a owned by a Madame from Nevada who has frequent parties hosting her prostitutes. Wesley, pursued by the sheriff, suffers a setback, is resurrected, and (maybe) retires.

Setting

Big Sur, CA

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Rags to Riches,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Happy Ending,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity,Substance Abuse, Language/Profanity

Main Character Details

Name: Wesley Daggert

Age: 19-30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Masculine,Leader,Secretive,Skillful,Confident

Additional Character Details

Name: Deputy Pickett

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Confident,Decisive,Leader,Masculine,Secretive,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Kade Rudman

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Blunt,Skillful,Secretive,Confident,Lone Wolf,Leader

Additional Character Details

Name: John Stalkinger

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Crazy,Decisive,Heroic,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Secretive,Skillful,Blunt,Masculine

Development Pitch

Raising Mary Jane is set along, arguably, the most beautiful coastline on the planet. With it's dramatic sweeping vistas of ocean breaking on granite cliffs, the viewer is immediate captivated. The story takes place in the 1970s, an age of abandon and hallucinogenic drug use, and follows a young man whose main purpose is to make more money and get higher on the mountain. He finds that money does indeed grow on trees, in the form of marijuana, and proceeds to grow as much as he can. Big Sur is a small community with a certain wildness, and we follow Wesley through wild parties, his meeting a cast of characters, his surviving wild fires that rage through the mountains burning his own cabin, and a very dedicated sheriff's deputy who feels he has Wesley's number. We meet a Madame and her loyal prostitutes who live at the trail head to Wesley's gardens, and we spend hot days under the cover of sagebrush working the crop. There are night scenes, rain storms, and drama, and always the backdrop of Big Sur's incredible beauty. The story is a good precursor to the legalization of marijuana.

About The Author

Christian Van Allen called Big Sur, CA home for 45 years. He is the father of two beautiful daughters and presently lives in a small town in the Sierras with his cat Cocoa. He is currently sorting out ideas for his next book.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Male Leaning,Female Leaning

Group Specific

People interested in Big Sur, people interested in the history of marijuana cultivation.

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: WanderWorld Press

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

978-0-9600925-0-5

Genre

SUSPENSE, COMEDY, ROMANCE, DRAMA, MATURE AUDIENCE

Brief

In the late '70's a young man moves to California's famed Big Sur coast to seek his fortune. That fortune happened to be in the burgeoning marijuana business. This is the story of his efforts to grow premium marijuana during the "cowboy" years of the late '70's and early eighties while always trying to keep one step ahead of the local sheriff.

Overall Rating

EXCELLENT

Point of View

FIRST PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: EXCELLENT

Characterization: EXCELLENT

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: FAIR

Pace: EXCELLENT

Premise: EXCELLENT

Structure: EXCELLENT

Theme: EXCELLENT

Accuracy of Book Profile

The book profile does depict the book.

Draw of Story

Learning how one sleepy part of rural California became the international hot spot of high quality weed is interesting.

Possible Drawbacks

No. It was well written.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

Can a young ambitious man move west and find his fortune in the ever growing marijuana business?

Fanbase Potential

Perhaps. While there is a fanbase for "stoner" films this isn't exactly one of those but the subject matter is in the headlines a lot so it might have a decent sized fanbase.

Awards Potential

If it's made into a good film then the actors could be potential nominees.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

BOTTLESHOCK, SIDEWAYS, CANADIAN STRAIN

What’s New About the Story

This offers a glimpse into a world that many know of but few understand. As a novel, it works well - as a film it could use some additional dialogue.

Lead Characters

They are believable.

Uniqueness of Story

It's rare and it's good.

Possible Formats

Film - Indie, Film - Streaming, Film - Studio, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series

Analyst Recommendation

RECOMMEND

Justification

This is a well written and authentic story. It has drama, comedy, romance and characters to root for. It has the elements of an entertaining film.